BODY & CHAS­SIS

Unique Cars - - BUYER GUIDE -

Look at bon­net, door and boot-lid align­ment and the chas­sis rails for in­di­ca­tions of crash re­pairs. The front air-dam is vul­ner­a­ble to kerb dam­age and crack­ing so look from low down and feel for any move­ment that will in­di­cate bro­ken mounts. Rust isn’t usu­ally a prob­lem but early E46s are headed for their 20th birthdays and it’s wise to in­spect win­dow aper­tures, check for bub­bling around the sun­roof, the whee­larch lips, lower doors and floors. Con­vert­ible tops should op­er­ate al­most silently so creaks or groans as var­i­ous com­po­nents change po­si­tion are in­di­ca­tors that main­te­nance has been skipped. Look for splits to the fab­ric or any stain­ing. Worn rear sub-frame mounts can be a source of noise and vi­bra­tion.

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